By Paige Nash
Family members, friends, colleagues and elected officials convened at the Louisiana Tech Academic Success Center at the Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) Wednesday, May 3, to honor local law enforcement officer Siggie Silvie.
Mike Johnson, Congressman for the 4th District, recognized and presented this year’s five Congressional Commendation recipients.
“Scripture tells us it is really important to give honor where honor is due, and it says in the Book of Romans that we are supposed to delight in doing that and we do,” said Johnson. “Today we want to recognize some people and organizations who deserve that. We are going to present them with the biggest honor that I am capable of giving and that is a certificate of ‘Congressional Commendation’ in appreciation of their work.”
Johnson expressed his respect for those who serve in the nation’s military and local law enforcement agencies including Natchitoches Parish’s very own.
He went down a long list of Silvie’s accomplishments including half a century of service to his community serving at both the Natchitoches Police Department and the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office over the span of his career.
“He has earned a reputation as a man of integrity and character. He is unquestionably ‘by the book’ and always fair,” said Johnson. “He has been an example of indisputable ethics and positive encouragement. We sure can use a lot more of that these days.”
Silvie credits his success in life to His “merciful God” who has directed his path along the years. Johnson said, “He is known by friends and colleagues as a God fearing, caring and humble man worthy of honor.”
Silvie currently serves as a security officer at the local courthouse.
Many attended in support of Silvie including Natchitoches Sheriff R. Stuart Wright and local author Walter Delphin.
Congressman Mike Johnson also recognized Vince Maggio with Maggio Grocery who just celebrated a century of serving Bossier Parish, Jeff Warren with Dream Hunt Foundation in Desoto Parish, Mary Cross with New Step Outreach in Beauregard Parish and Webster Parish Veteran Colonel Carl Thompson.